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Flash Worlds Results

14 Aug

The world is a pretty scary place these days, but that didn’t stop your imaginations from taking you to some even darker, stranger realms. This latest contest produced some of the most bizarre and intriguing flash fiction we’ve seen to date, and that’s saying something. Fittingly, our Flash Worlds contest drew in submissions from all around the globe. We saw entries from the USA, U.K., Canada, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark, Israel, Singapore and Croatia. 

Once the results were decided, we were happy to reveal a good number of familiar names and also so many new ones. We feel fortunate to serve as hub for so much talent and weirdness.

But you didn’t come here for the preamble.

Now on to the short list. The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar short list shout-outs go to:

Laila Amado
Nidhi Arora
Ava Bergen
John Barrale
Michael Carter
Michael Croban
Wiebo Grobler
Christine Hanolsy
Gene Hart
David Hartley
James Huff
Sierra Louie
Evan Nicholls
Rocket Outlaw
Aeryn Rudel
Allison Spector
Christopher Stanley (2)
James Turner
Giovanni Zuniga

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Worlds mega-issue, which will run later this week. They will also be included in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which is now only a few short months away. You can check out our Prize Winners Anthology Vol. 2 here.

 

Okay, okay. Here’s the good stuff. 

10th Place – “A Visitation” by Chloe Seim 
9th Place – “This Ape’s on Fire” by Lazarus Gray 
8th Place – “Libation” by Gregory Ariail 
7th Place – “Auroras of Arverne” by Voima Oy 
6th Place – “The Deceased of 120 Primorsky Street” by Michael Carter 
5th Place – “Tribe” by Nikolaj Volgushev 
4th Place – “Stuck in the Bathroom” by John Barrale 

 

And now on to those stories that were a little slice of Valhalla.

3rd Place ($50)

“Dog Eat Dog”
by Christina Dalcher 

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Come Away to the Water”
by Celia Daniels

 

1st Place ($200)

“Listening to the Animals”
by Emily Livingstone 

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Worlds contest. You transported us to new realms that can serve as oases in these troubled times. We couldn’t do these contests without you. Check back in a few days for the Flash Worlds mega-issue! 

2017 Shadow Award Results!

14 Jul

We were swept away…

…by the tremendous talent we witnessed in the
2017 Shadow Award poetry contest.

This contest yielded our highest turnout to date, making competition especially fierce. Once again, brilliant poet Mary Lenoir Bond did the heavy-lifting with the judging process. A huge thanks to Mary for all of her efforts, burning the midnight oil and giving each and every entry the thoughtful consideration it deserved. 

We were also thrilled, once again, to see so many international submissions. The contest included entries from the United States, U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Portugal, India, and Indonesia. A huge thanks to everyone who sent us dark and offbeat poems. While we obviously can’t recognize all of your quality work here, we truly appreciate reading it. If you didn’t place in our contest, keep sending that poetry out into the world. We’d love to see it pop up in another journal.

And now on to the short list. The following writers had poems that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.
Close-but-no-cigar shout-outs go to:


Ross Allison

Matilda Berke (2)
Janet Bowdan

C.M. Clark
Jason Conner
Celia Daniels

Nicholas De Genova
Katherine DeBlassie
Karen Fabiane
M.K. Foster
Lex Gomez
Stephen Ground
Katherine Anderson Howell
Erin Kirsh (2)
Frances Klein
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Laura Lucas
Jennifer Martelli
Olivia McGill
Tim Murphy
Shea Newton
Amanda Niehaus

Michael O’Ryan
Amanda Oosthuizen
Valeri Paxton-Steele

Marquis Peacock
Christian Perry
Jayme Russell
Noam Shpancer
Eva Skrande

Fiona Smith
Arthur Stone
Nicole Vento

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Shadow Award poetry mega-issue, which will run by Monday, July 17th. They will also be included in this fall’s third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which will feature the Top 10 finishers from our quarterly flash fiction contests as well. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here

10th Place – “Unsacred Cow” by Christopher P. Mooney
9th Place – “Disco Vertigo” by Sam Morris
8th Place – “Why the Coyote Doesn’t Just Order Chinese”
                      by Phillip Provance
7th Place – “Kitchen, Sinister” by Laura Potts
6th Place – “Fingers for the Ferryman” by Dan Diehn
5th Place – “Soft and Supple Flesh” by Nicholas De Genova
4th Place – “The Message” by Susan Adler George

 

And now for those poems that really hit the mark.

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Elements Lost and Found”
by Mori Glaser

 

2nd Place ($100)

Elegy for Nuestra Señora la Reina 
by Matilda Berke

 

1st Place ($200)

“Ten Years Later”
by Erin Kirsh

Flash Rage results!

14 Apr

There must be a lot of anger out there, because the Flash Rage contest resulted in one of our very best turnouts ever. That means the competition was especially cutthroat this time around, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Great to see such a wide variety of subject matter, with the rebellion, revolt, resistance and pure rage themes not only taking political and sociocultural overtones but also branching out to cover inanimate objects, vengeance-minded animals, dinners from hell, staple-gun mayhem, coups at the old folks’ home, and Vlad the Impaler’s wife. 

We’re still putting together the details of our next quarterly flash fiction contest, but within a few days we’ll open our annual Shadow Award poetry contest for submissions. So keep an eye out for that as we’re looking forward to our annual diversion into dark and offbeat poetry.

Without further ado, let’s get to the goods.

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:
(who hail from the USA, U.K., Canada, and Germany)

Quinn Alexander
Raluca Alexandru
Michael Carter
Jack Caseros
Amanda Chiado
Dan Diehn
David Gilbert
Daniel Greene
Wiebo Grobler
Chris Holaday
D I Hughes
Cleo Keahna Uran
Jacqueline MacDonald
Jennifer McCarthy
Erin O’Shea
Amy Rossi
Sandra Schmidtke
J Schnader
William Stoddart

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Rage mega-issue, which will run over the weekend. They will also be included in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue this fall. You can check out our Prize Winners Anthology Vol. 2 here.

But you’re probably not reading this part anyway, so…

 

Honorable Mentions go to:

10th Place – “No Names Left to Say” by Lisa Mecham (California, USA)
9th Place – “Better This Way” by Christina Dalcher (Virginia, USA)
8th Place – “Lydia and Jacob” by Fred Nolan (Texas, USA)
7th Place – “Welcome to Europe” by S. K. Azoulay (Israel)
6th Place – “Illumination” by Jessica Granger (Ohio, USA)
5th Place – “The Memory of Elephants” by Christina Dalcher (Virginia, USA)
4th Place – “Healing Powers” by Timothy Gustafson (Minnesota, USA)

 

And now on to stories that really take the cake.

3rd Place ($50)

“Indigenous Rising”
by Philip Webb Gregg (U.K.)

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Give Me the Gas”
by Lazarus Gray (Australia)

 

1st Place ($200)

“Gettysburg”
by Christopher Stanley (U.K.)

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Rage contest. Once again it was a blast to read the insanity you cooked up. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back over the weekend for the Flash Rage mega-issue.

Volume 7, Issue 21

25 Mar

 

Issue 7.21 will make your skin crawl.

This issue tells stories to frozen corpses, attempts to weaponize black widow spiders, and finds out if its family tastes like pork. 

Crunch time for our Flash Rage contest. Sure, you can always count on our patented Procrastinator’s Special (patent-pending), but our soft deadline is approaching fast. Get those submissions in by end of the day (PST) Friday, March 31st. 

And keep an eye out for our 2nd annual poetry contest. Details dropping on that soon.

“Oh, what a day. What a lovely day!”

– The Editor

 

Yellow

by Christopher Dorsey

Marrow’s Sweet Decay

by L.P. Melling

Shiny and Black

by Steve Passey

Flash Doom Results!

19 Jan

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Welp, we’re less than 24 hours away from a deranged circus clown taking over the White House. In spite the bleakness of world affairs at the moment, or perhaps because of it, we had a killer crop of imaginative doom-oriented flash fiction to sort through for this contest. We’re always gobsmacked by the creative dark and offbeat scenarios written about in our quarterly contests, and this one might’ve taken the cake for strange and surreal premises. Truly a joy to read them, and it’s always difficult to whittle them down to the ten stories that you’ll find in our Flash Doom mega-issue.  

We had quite a few close-but-no-cigars that were in the running right down to the final moments (and we encourage these stories to be submitted for consideration for our regular issues). Cannibals, surly sasquatch, jailhouse contagion, asteroids, diminishing body parts, boulder-hurling giants, electrified executions, alligators, ice dummies, gold towers, killer swimming pools, parasitic ladybug mutants? Yeah, we had all that and more, but as they say, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. 

 

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:

Michael Croban
Calvin Demmer
Dan Diehn
Benjamin Finateri
Wiebo Grobler

Emmaleene Leahy
Emily Livingstone
Erick Mancilla

Toni Marshall
Jamie Mason
Hannah Mathewson
Lee Melling 

Jonathan Ochoco
R.A. Roth

Aeryn Rudel
Allison Spector (2)
Christopher Stanley
Mike Sweeney
Michael Tanner
John Vurro

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Doom mega-issue, which will run tomorrow on Trumpocalypse. They will also be included in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue this fall. You can check out our recently-released Prize Winners Anthology Vol. 2 here.

But you didn’t come here for my yammering. 

Honorable Mentions go to:

10th Place – “Starve” by Nicolas Poynter
9th Place – “In Dreams” by Sherry Morris
8th Place – “The Remnant Bloom” by James Guthrie
7th Place – “An Incident on Dover Street” by Aeryn Rudel
6th Place – “The Ballad of James Malloy” by GJ Hart
5th Place – “Right Number” by Aaron Housholder 
4th Place – “Wernicke 27X” by Christina Dalcher 

 

And now on to the really bomb stories.

bomb

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Burn”
by Rachel Cassidy

 

2nd Place ($100)

“One Last Decision”
by Bill Adler

 

1st Place ($200)

“The End Is Always”
by Philip Webb Gregg

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Doom contest. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back tomorrow for our Flash Doom mega-issue. 

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Flash Fear Results!

29 Oct

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After our last two Halloween contests insisted on the involvement of some kind of monster, Flash Fear has shown that some of the most monstrously head-spinning flash fiction can be unleashed when the shackles come off. This no-holds-barred approach to horror has yielded some of our most unnerving results to date, making this contest yet again an incredibly thrilling (and difficult) one to judge.

 

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:

Marta Balcewicz
Sarah Beaudette
Andrew Bourelle
Gary Buller
Trevor Byington
Jeremy Capps (2)
Nathan Coley
Christina Dalcher
Shane Gannaway
Laura Garrison
Wiebo Grobler
GJ Hart
D.I. Hughes
Emily Livingstone
Darla Kennerud
Carrie Redway
Aeryn Rudel
Allison Spector
Matt St. Hilaire

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Fear mega-issue, which will run on Halloween. They will also be included in next year’s Prize Winners Anthology print issue. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here, and this year’s anthology will be available by the end of November.

But enough jibber-jabber. Let’s get to the goods.

Honorable mentions go to:

10th Place – “Sixteen Minutes” by Premee Mohamed
9th Place – “In the Grain Bin” by Lindsey Baker
8th Place – “Tingles” by Michael Tanner
7th Place – “The Locus” by Nicholas Siegel
6th Place – “All the Goldfish” by Jennifer Lynn Krohn
5th Place – “Passing” by Patrick Kelly
4th Place – “Bless You” by Wiebo Grobler

 

And now on to the three stories that really deserve a big hand…

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3rd Place ($50)

“Masks”
by Aeryn Rudel

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Black Stained Glass”
by S.E. Casey

 

1st Place ($200)

“The Taxidermist’s Only Son”
by Caroline Smith

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Fear contest. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back on Halloween for our Flash Fear mega-issue!

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Flash Icon Results!

14 Aug

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When it comes to dark and offbeat flash fiction, nothing is sacred. We asked you to mess with iconic people, places, or things and you came through with something truly weird creations. This contest was wide open as far as tone is concerned and we were thrilled to see you all take icons to some bizarre and fantastical places.

Stay tuned in the near future for details on our next quarterly flash fiction contest, which will be a horror-themed #FlashFear contest, with our prizes winners mega-issue appearing on Halloween. 

And now to the stuff you really care about…

Some high-quality work this contest, which made it all that much more difficult to judge. Making cuts was no easy task, and many entries made it through the first couple rounds. That means we have a ton of non-cigars to hand out.

Close-but-no-cigar mentions go to the following writers:

Seth Augenstein
Sarah Beaudette (2)
Christina Dalcher
Alyssa Durst
Wiebo Grobler
G.J. Hart
D.I. Hughes
Kate Imbach
Hope Linden
Emily Livingstone

Jan Kaneen
Jennifer Kapral
Corinne Mahoney
Lisa Mecham
Chris Milam
Sherry Morris
Eric Newman
B.T. Schweitzer 
Jack Somers
Nick Soto
Allison Spector
Matt St. Hilaire
Christopher Stanley
Mike Sweeney
Guinotte Wise

We are incredibly grateful to have the chance to read each and every entry that came in. Your hard work and creative minds are what make these contests a success.

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Icon mega-issue, which will run within the next few days. They will also be included in this fall’s Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which will feature the Top 10 finishers from our other quarterly contests and the Shadow Award poetry contest. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here

I’m going to shut up now and make with the results…

10th Place – “Trekkie” by Henry Whittier-Ferguson
9th Place – “Post-Inauguration Day” by Shane Gannaway
8th Place – “Visitation” by Allison Spector
7th Place – “The Stories Hadley Hemingway Lost” by Robyn Ryle
6th Place – “Crumbs” by Gabriel Thibodeau
5th Place – “Boleskine” by Christopher Stanley
4th Place – “The Further Adventures of Dorothy Gale” by Fred Senese

 

 

And now on to the three stories that really knocked us out…

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3rd Place ($50)

“My Own Private Idol”
by Fiona Smith

 

2nd Place ($100)
“The Father of Terror”
by Aeryn Rudel

 

1st Place ($200)

“The Solstice Shade”
by F.E. Clark

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Icon contest. We literally couldn’t do this without you. Check back within a few days  for the Flash Icon mega-issue!

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